Fenway South

Fenway South is the Player Development Complex and Spring training base of the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida.[1]

The purpose-built training and player development complex will be used year-round by the Red Sox and its minor league farm teams — Pawtucket Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs, Salem Red Sox, Greenville Drive, and Lowell Spinners — and includes an 11,000-seat stadium and an additional six baseball fields together with training and medical facilities. As the spring training home of Red Sox it replaces nearby City of Palms Park.

The stadium within Fenway South is called jetBlue Park, through sponsorship by JetBlue Airways,[2] which has maintained major operations at Boston's Logan International Airport since 2004.

It was officially opened by the Lee County Board of Commissioners and the Red Sox on February 25, 2012.

JetBlue Park Under Construction1
JetBlue Park, part of Fenway South

Facilities

There are six baseball training fields and two soccer fields in the complex, available year-round by the Red Sox and their farm clubs. Baseball field No. 1 has the same field dimensions as jetBlue park and Fenway Park. Fields 1, 2, and 4 are set in the same direction as jetBlue park, with 3,4,5, and 6 sharing a backstop facility.

The complex is served via a private road from the local Fire Department station (Lee County #64).

The move to Fenway South

The Red Sox's lease on City of Palms Park with Fort Myers ran through 2019, however team ownership exercised an early out in the contract that allowed them to leave following the 2009 spring season. Chief operating officer Mike Dee met with Sarasota officials on April 25, 2008 to discuss the possibility of the Red Sox moving to Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium once its current spring inhabitants, the Cincinnati Reds, move to their new spring home in Goodyear, Arizona.

John Yarborough, director of Lee County Parks and Recreation, met with Jeff Mudgett, a Fort Myers architect who was volunteering his time to brainstorm ideas on what could be done to keep the Red Sox in Fort Myers. "I'd like to have a project by 2012," Yarborough said after the meeting.[3]

On October 28, 2008, the Lee County commission voted 3–1 to approve an agreement with the Boston Red Sox to build a new spring-training facility for the team in south Lee County. On November 1, 2008, the Red Sox signed an agreement with Lee County that would keep their spring training home in the Fort Myers area for 30 more years.[4]

Wednesday, April 30, 2009, the Lee County commissioners selected the Watermen-Pinnacle site on Daniels Parkway (a little more than a mile east of Interstate 75) as the site for the new facility, with a mini-Fenway Park that would open for Spring 2012.[5]

On February 25, 2010, the Boston Red Sox officially released the proposed architectural plans for the new training facility. The outfield will be an exact copy of the Fenway field, and will contain a Green Monster. However, the stadium will offer a mix of the old Fenway style and a Floridian and modern style.[6] On March 29, 2011, it was announced that the new stadium would be named JetBlue Park.[7]

References

  1. ^ "JetBlue Park". Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Sox new facility to be named JetBlue Park". Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "County targets 2012 for Red Sox project by Glenn Miller, Fort Myers News-Press". Retrieved July 14, 2008.
  4. ^ "Red Sox to stay in Fort Myers for 30 more springs". Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
  5. ^ "Red Sox home in Lee County will be on Daniels Parkway". Retrieved May 1, 2009.
  6. ^ Red Sox unveil plans for new spring home | redsox.com: News
  7. ^ "JetBlue puts stamp on Red Sox Complex". Retrieved March 30, 2011.

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Boston Guardian

The Boston Guardian was an African-American newspaper, co-founded by William Monroe Trotter and George W. Forbes in 1901 in Boston, Massachusetts, and published until the 1950s.

In April 2016, an unrelated publisher launched its own Boston Guardian, a neighborhood weekly newspaper serving the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Downtown, Fenway, South End, and North End/Waterfront districts of Boston, despite criticism that it had appropriated a historic journalistic name for purely commercial reasons.

City of Palms Park

City of Palms Park is a baseball stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. It served as the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox from its opening in 1993 to 2011. The stadium was built in 1992 for that purpose and holds 8,000 people. It was also the home of the Red Sox Rookie team, the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, from June through August. The stadium's name is taken from the city's official nickname. The City of Fort Myers occasionally uses the venue for concerts.

A crew of six is on hand during spring training to groom the Ballfields/Common grounds. Since Lee County Parks and Recreation has taken this facility over from the City of Fort Myers in 2003, the Grounds Crew has won the Ground Crew of the year award for the Red Sox Gulf Coast League in 2005 and 2007.

City of Palms Park is one of four spring training facilities in Fort Myers. The Minnesota Twins train in Hammond Stadium on the Southern end of Fort Myers. Terry Park Ballfield (also known as the Park T. Pigott Memorial Stadium) in East Fort Myers is not in use, however, it is the former home of the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals. In February 2012, the Boston Red Sox moved their spring training operations into the newly constructed jetBlue Park at Fenway South located on County Road 876 (Daniels Parkway) in Fort Myers. It is also located close to Southwest Florida International Airport.

Gulf Coast League Red Sox

The Gulf Coast League Red Sox are the rookie level Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The team is located in Fort Myers, Florida, and plays its home games at the jetBlue Park in the Fenway South complex. The team played its first four seasons (1989–1992) in Winter Haven, Florida, moved to City of Palms Park in Fort Myers in 1993, and moved to its current facility in 2012.

JetBlue Park at Fenway South

JetBlue Park at Fenway South (or informally JetBlue Park) is a baseball park in Fort Myers, Florida, part of the Fenway South training and development facility.

Opened in March 2012, it is primarily the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, replacing earlier separated facilities at City of Palms Park and Boston's former (1993–2011) minor league complex, also located in downtown Fort Myers. The naming rights were purchased by JetBlue, an airline with major operations at Boston's Logan International Airport since 2004.

List of Boston Red Sox spring training venues

The Boston Red Sox have been a member of the American League (AL) of Major League Baseball (MLB) since 1901, and have held spring training prior to each season.

The franchise's first spring training was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1901, when the team was known as the Boston Americans. Since 1993, the city of Fort Myers, Florida, has hosted Boston's spring training, first at City of Palms Park, and since 2012 at jetBlue Park at Fenway South.

The Boston Courant

The Boston Courant was a weekly newspaper in Boston, whose coverage focused on issues of local interest to the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Downtown, Fenway, South End, and Waterfront neighborhoods. It had a circulation of over 40,000.

The Boston Courant announced its closure in February 2016 after losing a wrongful termination lawsuit. In April 2016, the former publisher debuted the Boston Guardian, with similar editorial content and neighborhood coverage.

An African-American newspaper by the same name was founded by George Washington Forbes in 1890 and discontinued in 1895.

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